An Alabama teen who never returned home after taking out the trash more than a year ago was found safe, more than a thousand miles away in Texas.
Myra Alissia Freeman, now 18, reunited with her family in El Paso on Wednesday for the first time since she vanished from her Highland home in Alabama on Dec. 13, 2015, AL.com reported.
Vickie Metcalf’s Facebook feed was rife with pleas for prayers and posters of her missing daughter up until she announced on Tuesday Freeman had contacted her.
We wanted to let you all know that we have talked to Alissia today … Praise God!” the social media post reads. “We know you will have lots of questions, but right now all we can say is that she alright and that is what is most important.
Authorities haven’t yet released what happened to Freeman nor why she video called her mother on Monday. It was the first time they’d heard anything from her since she disappeared.
FBI investigators also intend to perform a DNA test to make sure the woman who has come forward is in fact Freeman as the family has been targeted by scammers in the past, the news website reported.
On Freeman’s 18th birthday, a woman claiming to have seen a girl resembling the missing teen working as a prostitute in Atlanta reached out to Metcalf with a Facebook message.
She told the mother Freeman was being trafficked and that she could be bought back for $70,000. Metcalf contacted the FBI who now believe the messages originated from a ring in Russia who create fake Facebook accounts to con people.
For now, the family is merely trying to recover and have asked for privacy.
“I would like to humbly ask that you have patience during this exciting, yet difficult time,” a Facebook post reads. “Let’s all take a deep breath and give the family a little leeway right now, please?”
Freeman’s family promised to release more information in the future and thanked everyone for their help in locating the missing teen.